Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crescendo, by J.S. Veter

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(Fantasy) Four children sneak out to investigate a Hole, even though they're dangerous and forbidden. (4,216 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 221, published on .

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Pro: The description of the how the children interact with each other is very realistic. Yacob's quiet determination to look after his crib mates makes us like him a lot.

Con: There's no plot here; it's just an account of things that happened. And it has too many loose ends. What where the Finders doing? Why doesn't anyone leave? Where are the holes coming from?

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Way too obscure. The people in the city seem determined to forget about whatever happened in the past to the point of denying that there's anything outside the city. The Storians are only allowed to go straight to the Stat and back out. Maybe they travel between many isolated cities collecting the stories from similar cracks? The Holes increase in their wake. Storian is historian, but what is Stat? Also a little shocking to see the crib-siblings are meant to be mates for one another.